FREE rod licence as Take A Friend Fishing returns

THE Angling Trust has confirmed that Take a Friend Fishing is back for 2020… and you can take advantage over the days ahead. Take A Friend Fishing is back after a break and you can get involved. There’s a free rod licence offer with the campaign which runs from July 4 to July 19 inclusive […]

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Carp guide shows the way with two amazing hits of big fish at two venues

ONE of the UK’s leading carp anglers has been in unstoppable form lately. Tom Maker displays his 52 lb 4 oz mirror carp at The Avenue. Carp guide Tom Maker, who has fished for the England team, hauled huge carp at an incredible rate at two venues. Tom kicked off at Shropshire’s The Avenue, run […]

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Tackle shops reopen and river season starts as angling’s ‘new normal’ marches on

TACKLE shops across the country have just reopened, and the river season has begun… putting angling fully into its ‘new normal’. Tackle shops open – after weeks of waiting, customers can go into tackle shops again. Most tackle shops put measures in place to be able to re-open their doors to customers on June 15. […]

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Tackle theft memories fade… in favour of great bars of gold

ONE of the country’s top specimen anglers has put the heartbreak of having his tackle stolen behind him and got back on the trail of quality fish. Matthew Fernandez took his four-year-old daughter, River, fishing as soon as anglers were allowed to travel to fish again. As you can see from the picture above, they caught […]

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Fishing masks are the safer way for some anglers now

THIS angler is one of thousands of anglers taking extra precautions during the Covid-19 crisis. Colin Etherington wears a fishing mask The man in the fishing mask, Colin Etherington, really enjoyed his first trip back on the bank after lockdown restrictions were lifted for angling. Colin, whose family owned and built the much-admired Wintons Fishery […]

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Review: Carp Spirit Blax Low Chair

The Carp Spirit Blax Low Chair comes under the beady eye of Angler’s Mail tackle editor Richard Howard. He’s the No.1 product inspector, checking out loads of quality kit every week. Description: fishing chair. Specifications: powder-coated steel frame; four fully adjustable legs with auto-lock adjustment; four swivelling mudfeet; foam-covered mattress; weighs 3.9 kg. Dimensions: 50 […]

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Brexit ‘has changed EU view of Scotland’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionVan Rompuy: Europe ‘looking at what Scotland is in favour of’ A former president of the European Council has said he believes Brexit has changed EU attitudes to Scottish independence. In a BBC interview, Herman Van Rompuy said there was now “much more sympathy” for European regions […]

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Eco-friendly fishing products launched

A FORWARD-THINKING carp company is doing its bit to tackle plastic pollution with its new range of biodegradable products. Rig Marole have launched eco-friendly line clips for fishing. Rig Marole UK is launching two biodegradable lead clips initially, but has also innovated new eco-friendly packaging that it hopes to extend to the entire range. The […]

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Huge river zander caught after angler’s run of disasters

THE biggest zander of the season, weighing a whopping 19 lb 4 oz, has been caught after a catalogue of calamities. Steve Williams displays his jumbo River Severn zander. The huge River Severn zander fell to Steve Williams, who smashed his old PB. But Steve admits that he was lucky to catch it. The 48-year-old […]

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Review: Sonik VaderX RS Carp Reels

The Sonik VaderX RS Carp Reels come under the beady eye of Angler’s Mail tackle editor Richard Howard. He’s the No.1 products inspector, checking out loads of quality kit every week. Description: three big pit carp reels, one designed for spodding. Specifications: 6000RS, 8000RS and 8000RS Spod sizes; Quick-Torque drag system; 6000RS and 8000RS models […]

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